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File notings on budget decisions to be disclosed and Sec 4(1)(d) onus on public authorities


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File notings on budget decisions to be disclosed and Sec 4(1)(d) onus on public authorities

 

In a recent order, CIC has ruled that "file notings" regarding decisions announced in the Union Budget are to be disclosed under the RTI Act, specially if the whole process for budget making is over.

 

In the same order, the CIC has ruled that under per Sec 4(1)(d) public authority must provide reasons for its administrative or quasi-judicial decisions to affected persons.

 

After hearing both parties, the Commission directs respondent to provide information as

sought by the respondent within 03 weeks of receipt of the order. This decision is on account of

the fact that the matter is over three years old and the whole issue pertaining to budget for the

year 2007 – 08 is complete and over. Also, Commission draws the attention of the respondent to

section 4 (d) of the Act wherein it is clearly stated that the public authority must provide reasonsfor its administrative or quasi-judicial decisions to affected persons and which places the onus of

transparency and accountability squarely on the public authority for providing credible

explanation for its administrative decisions.

 

The full order is attached to this post.

Budget file notings and 4(1)(d).pdf

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